Melon Growing Guide

Melon

Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 

Soil

Rich, moisture-retentive soil with plenty of compost dug in.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

When they start flowering, feed with a slow release, potassium rich organic fertiliser. After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble plant food.

Companions

Radish, Mint, Sweetcorn and Marigold.

Spacing

Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Frost areas: sow under cover 6 weeks before last spring frost. Plant out in late spring, when the weather is settled and warm. Frost free areas: Sow seed directly or in seed beds/seed trays in spring
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Keep moist by watering regularly. Pinch out the growing tip once the plant has made three leaves and do the same to side shoots as they appear.

Harvesting

Harvest fruit as soon as it feels slightly soft when the ends are pressed.

Troubleshooting

Control weeds early and then mulch to avoid trampling the vines after fruits have set.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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